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Interesting Links: Feb 18, 2016

Here are links to a few interesting articles I came across recently. They are about the unacceptably high levels of subjectivity and bias in what is passed off as “scientific research” by “experts” from “famous” universities.

Link 1: The truth is rarely pure and never simple

Zika is not the new Ebola But what is the truth about Zika and microcephaly? Argentine and Brazilian doctors suspect mosquito insecticide as cause of microcephaly Meanwhile Brazil’s health minister insisted on Friday that authorities were “absolutely sure” Zika was connected to microcephaly, though it has yet to be scientifically proven. A review of four years’ worth of medical records finds far greater numbers of microcephaly cases from before the ongoing Zika virus epidemic than had been officially reported.

Link 2: Brazil’s Pre-Zika Microcephaly Cases

In the past year, clinicians in Brazil have reported around 4,700 babies with suspected microcephaly, and reviews of 400 of the infants have confirmed the birth defect (another 700 suspected instances of microcephaly have been ruled out). The numbers are alarming to many clinicians in the South American nation. Some have questioned whether the cause of this increase in microcephaly is due to Zika virus—a hypothesis favored by many doctors and public health officials—other infections, or simply a catch-up in reporting.

To get a grasp on just how much the prevalence of microcephaly has changed recently, Sandra da Silva Mattos of the Círculo do Coração de Pernambuco and colleagues combed through the medical records of more than 16,000 babies. The infants were born between 2012 and 2015 at one of 21 medical centers in the state of Paraíba, which has been hard hit by Zika. Since 2012, Mattos’s team found, a strikingly large number of babies—4 percent to 8 percent—appeared to have microcephaly, according to the broadest definitions of the term. Additionally, the number of babies affected peaked in 2014, before Zika had been detected in Brazil.

Link 3: Scientists can’t agree whether salt is killing us. Here’s why.

The debate over the perils of salty diets may be one of the most polarized in all of science. On one side, scientists warn ominously that most Americans are killing themselves with salt. On the other, scientists insist most Americans are fine. The inability to resolve this question may seem puzzling. It is a question with deadly consequences, at least potentially. How much salt is healthy? Given the marvels of technology, it seems like that ought to be an easy one.

Now a review of hundreds of papers on the topic indicates that the inability to reach a consensus stems at least partially from the fact that the two groups of scientists operate, in essence, in parallel scientific universes. In one, the scientists write papers about the dangers of our salt consumption, and typically cite other papers that point to the same conclusion. In the other, the scientists write papers dismissing or minimizing the danger, and typically cite papers agreeing with their position. Each side, in other words, steers away from taking into account contrary results.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. February 19, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I’m bringing “Off” spray to my trip to DR next week…

    • hans
      February 20, 2016 at 4:26 am

      Do you have a womb? Then why the fuck do you care?
      The Zika bullshit is another way overblown swine flu.
      BTW don´t waste your money on chemical repellents either. That shit just makes you sick and is next to useless too. Google for natural repellents and smear the products of billions years of evolution on your skin instead of toxic chemical waste.
      Or just sleep under a fucking mosquito net and heat up stung areas to above 50°C, so the irritating complex molecules in it break down, making it go away quickly.
      I usually use the metal part of a lighter after heating it up with the flame, but there are actual devices for it too.

      • February 20, 2016 at 3:18 pm

        umm, excuse me… there could be more to it than it affecting women, whatever it is, I don’t want it fucking with me!

      • hans
        February 21, 2016 at 4:08 am

        There isn´t, read the rappoport link below.
        How often do you guys actually need to fall for these trumped up outbreak scares to finally get it?
        Start getting streetwise instead of staying TV-smart.

  2. John
    February 19, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I am an American man, and I have decided to boycott American women. In a nutshell, American women are the most likely to cheat on you, to divorce you, to get fat, to steal half of your money in the divorce courts, don’t know how to cook or clean, don’t want to have children, etc. Therefore, what intelligent man would want to get involved with American women?

    American women are generally immature, selfish, extremely arrogant and self-centered, mentally unstable, irresponsible, and highly unchaste. The behavior of most American women is utterly disgusting, to say the least.

    This blog is my attempt to explain why I feel American women are inferior to foreign women (non-American women), and why American men should boycott American women, and date/marry only foreign (non-American) women.



    • John
      February 19, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      By the way, my own thinking has evolved over the years to much the same as yours. Marriage is useless, to any woman, foreign or American, and prostitution is the best option for men since you get easy sex with HOT women for cheap. I really enjoyed your articles about Escorts and would be glad if you’d write a few more about escorts, prostitutes, and how they are a better option than normal women.

      • hans
        February 20, 2016 at 4:33 am

        Congrats, you´re a bit late to the party but at least you´ve woken up to the game.
        Your first post was a bit worrying but the 2nd much better.
        BTW the acronym for your observation is AWALT.

        and it is the CORE truth basically of human existence.
        Emphasis on the ALL.

      • P Ray
        February 20, 2016 at 11:44 am

        John Rambo / radahasi … has been talking about this for some time, but the reality has always been:

        This “traditional woman” is a myth, unless the man has the ability to replace her, reject his responsibilities or repudiate her purchases without any ill-effect.

        Of course, that’s not going to happen almost worldwide – men need to become suckers so that the giant vampire of society can leech off of them.

        Thought the statement about Western women needed balance,
        so here is Prof. Norman Li of Singapore to chime in:
        heshenchow.blogspot.c o m/2011/06/singapore-women.html

        New research by Singapore Management University (SMU) psychology professor Norman Li could shed some light on Singapore’s ever-shrinking birth rate.

        the US’ total fertility rate (TFR) at 2.05 in 2009 was almost double Singapore’s rate of 1.22. Last year(2010), Singapore’s TFR, which measures the average number of children a woman will bear in her lifetime, sank to a historic low of 1.16.

        Prof Li pointed out that Singaporeans – both men and women – are ‘significantly’ less satisfied with life than Americans.
        Americans scored an average of 5, while Singaporeans came in at 4.38 in his study. The closer the score is to 7, the more satisfied with life the respondents are. Singaporean women were also found to be ‘significantly’ more materialistic than American women. They polled an average of 3.98, compared to the American women’s score of 3.74. The closer the score is to 5, the more materialistic one is deemed to be.

      • John
        February 20, 2016 at 4:38 pm

        Anyway the Boycott American Women blog was mainly a troll job to piss off women worldwide, and it worked beautifully. It put antifeminist language into a very simple concept and language, so the common people ate it up and got offended. It was fun! I’ve moved on to other things nowadays. Am thinking to start a legalize prostitution site and try to make it go viral the same way my BAW blog did.

      • hans
        February 21, 2016 at 4:05 am

        Good luck on it.
        Illegal prostitution is the same brain-dead fallacy as banning guns.
        It only helps the wicked and actually keeps the righteous enslaved.
        Which has always been the actual point of the people campaigning against these freedoms.

        Whores have always been the most honest women on the planet.

  3. hans
    February 20, 2016 at 4:49 am

    @ assertion in Link1, I completely disagree.
    The truth is ALWAYS pure and REALLY simple.
    In case of Zika, it´s a lie.

    Though I´ve also heard of a genetic experiment fuckups by the Bill Gates crew, screwing around with GMO Mosquitoes.
    But personally I´m dismissing those, as the actual “outbreak” is simply a MSM fear-monger OP.

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